A Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery


This course introduces the student to the beautiful style of whitework from Germany known as Schwalm Embroidery. As the Schwalm River flows from ancient sources the student will learn of symbolism, tradition, and their evolution that brings about this charming needlework.


SKU: ICC_BasicStudyofSchwalm Category:


This in-depth study will cover some of the history and the basic skills needed for this technique. As students create the samples for their reference binder, they will become familiar with the basic surface stitches such as coral knots and chain stitch. The cutting of threads combined with filling and composite filling stitches will develop lovely patterns to which the student will add fancy borders and hems for the perfect finishing touch.

LESSON 1. Historical background, supplies, and equipment. How to set up the reference binder, design elements and basic surface stitches.

LESSON 2. Cutting and withdrawing of threads, filling stitches and composite filling stitches, and designing the final project

LESSON 3. Simple borders, hems and hemstitching and completion of the final project

Teacher: Barbara M. Kershaw
Time: Six months
Class fee: $110
Text fee:
$35 PDF; $45 Hard Copy
Supplies (approximate): $50
ICC Pin Thread Color: DMC #712

Note: Please read the Student Responsibilities on the ICC page before enrolling. The timeline for course completion begins when you register. There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.

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Text: PDF Download, Text: Hardcopy